CONGRATULATIONS to Ballyduff Hurling Club who are this years Garveys Senior Hurling County champions.
There was a great crowd in attendance to see Ballyduff retain the Neilus Flynn cup for the third year in succession. The final score was Ballyduff 1-15 Lixnaw 1-9. Ballyduff will now go on to represent Kerry in the Munster Intermediate Championship. As always the County Final was a colourful affair. Prior to the final the Credit Union Division 2 County League final was played. St Brendans won out on a final scoreline of St Brendans 3-6 Kilmoyley 0-6.
Florrie O'Sullivan was then honoured by Kenmare hurling club and the Kerry Board as the oldest championship medal holder in Kerry. Flor was presented with a replica of his 1942 medal and was given a huge reception by the crowd in attendance. Many thanks to Florrie and the O'Sullivan family as well as the Kenmare hurling club for allowing us the opportunity to mark this great achievement.
At half time John Canty Chairman and Selector of the 1987 Causeway winning side presented his team to the crowd. They too were given a very warm reception from the crowd in attendance. After the game Aidan Boyle the captain was presented with the Neilus Flynn trophy and Paud Costello took the honour of Man of the Match.
On behalf of the County Board I would like to thank our fantastic sponsors Garveys Supervalu for their ongoing sponsorship of the hurling championship. Thanks also to everybody involved on the day for making the whole event a great success. Thanks especially to the Killorglin Pipe Band who really added to the occasion as did our Scór champion Padraig Breathnach for this great rendition of Amharan na bhFionn.
Congratulations finally to the North Kerry Board on the production of a fantastic match programme. And finally, best of luck to Ballyduff in the weeks ahead in their preparations for the Munster championship. County Minor Final THE minor county hurling final between Lixnaw and Kilmoyley will take place next Saturday in Austin Stack Park at 3.30pm. The winning captain will be presented with the Sean Lovett Cup and we wish the best of luck to both teams on the day. Tribute THE North Kerry Hurling Board paid tribute to Tommy O'Sullivan of Bushmount, Ballyduff who had a lifelong association with hurling, both as a player and more notably as an administrator as they unveiled a plaque in his honour in Ballyduff on Saturday evening last on the eve of the Garvey Group Senior County Hurling Championship Final.
He was a founding member of the North Kerry Hurling Board in 1925 and served as its first Secretary and Treasurer, posts he held in 1925 and 1926. He served a further period as Secretary in 1942 and 1943 and also represented Kerry in senior and junior hurling in the early1920's. Having also served as Vice-President of the North Kerry Hurling Board for a number of years and was elected President in the years 1967 - 1969 and again in 1973. In early 1974 the North Kerry Board purchased a cup and named it in honour of 'Tommy O' and his fellow founders of the Board.
Corn na Seana-Ghaeil, i gcuimhne Tomás Ó Suilleabháin agus a chairde' was presented to the winners of the North Kerry Senior Hurling Championship from 1974 - 1998.
At the unveiling Teddy O'Sullivan of the Ballyduff club was the MC and tributes were paid to Tommy O'Sullivan by Joe Walsh (Chairman of the North Kerry Hurling Board) and their President Sean Seosamh O' Conchubhair as well as Patrick O'Sullivan (Chairman Kerry County Committee) and Gerald McKenna (President Kerry County Committee).
Tadgh O'Sullivan, represented the O'Sullivan family and said: "It is a great honour for our family". He thanked the the North Kerry Hurling Board for "showing this respect to a man who gave his all to Hurling." Condolences THE Kerry County Board wish to offer their sincere condolences to the McCarthy family Kilmoyley and the O'Regan family Ballyheigue, Causeway and Tralee. Michael McCarthy was a great supporter of Kilmoyley Hurling Club. He played in goals for Kilmoyley for 10 years. Michael is father to current Kilmoyley player James McCarthy.
Jerry O'Regan won U16 with Causeway and also played senior hurling with Causeway.
May their gentle souls Rest In Peace.